ACE SPEC card (TCG)

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ACE SPEC cards as of the Scarlet & Violet Series

ACE SPEC cards (Japanese: ACE SPEC(エーススペック) ACE SPEC) are a classification of Pokémon Trading Card Game cards first introduced in the Boundaries Crossed expansion. ACE SPEC cards are powerful cards with the restriction that a deck is limited to at most a single ACE SPEC card of any sort.


Information

An example of an ACE SPEC card from the Black & White Series
An example of an ACE SPEC Special Energy card

An ACE SPEC card has a powerful effect which can completely change the course of a game, such as searching the deck for any card, switching in the opponent's Benched Pokémon, adding large amounts of attack damage or HP, and so on. Due to their power, a player is limited to only one ACE SPEC card of any kind when building a deck. For example, if a deck includes Prime Catcher, any other ACE SPEC cards like Hero's Cape or Maximum Belt may not be included.

ACE SPEC cards were first introduced in the Boundaries Crossed expansion of the English Black & White Series (the Japanese BW Era). In total, there are 13 ACE SPEC cards introduced during the Black & White Series, all of which are Item cards or Pokémon Tool cards.

There were no more ACE SPEC cards released after the Black & White Series (except for reprints) until the English Scarlet & Violet Series (the Japanese Scarlet & Violet Era), in which ACE SPEC cards make their return. The return of ACE SPECs into the TCG format was first announced on August 13, 2023,[1] and further elaborated on during the Kyoto Championships League 2024 tournament held on December 23-24, 2023.[2][3][4] The first batch of the new Scarlet & Violet Series ACE SPEC cards were released on January 26, 2024, in the Japanese expansions Wild Force and Cyber Judge, and the Japanese Starter Deck & Build Sets. These ACE SPEC cards are included in the English Temporal Forces expansion, released on March 22, 2024.

Beginning with the release of these products, all ACE SPEC cards have a unique magenta colored design and, when applicable, a unique "ACE SPEC Rare" (ACE SPEC Rare) rarity in English; the equivalent rarity in Japanese is "ACE" (ACE). As of the Scarlet & Violet Series, besides being Item cards or Pokémon Tool cards, ACE SPEC cards can also be Special Energy cards or Stadium cards. There are currently 17 ACE SPEC cards introduced during the Scarlet & Violet Series, two of which are reprints of cards from the Black & White Series (namely, Master Ball and Scoop Up Cyclone).

List of ACE SPEC cards

ACE SPEC cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type Mark English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Computer Search I Boundaries Crossed SetSymbolBoundaries Crossed.png Rarity Rare Ace.png 137/149 Cold Flare SetSymbolCold Flare.png Rarity R.png 058/059
        Extra Regulation Box None.png   046/048
        S-P Promotional cards SetSymbol SMPromo.png   350/S-P
Crystal Edge PT Boundaries Crossed SetSymbolBoundaries Crossed.png Rarity Rare Ace.png 138/149 Cold Flare SetSymbolCold Flare.png Rarity R.png 059/059
Crystal Wall PT Boundaries Crossed SetSymbolBoundaries Crossed.png Rarity Rare Ace.png 139/149 Freeze Bolt SetSymbolFreeze Bolt.png Rarity R.png 059/059
Gold Potion I Boundaries Crossed SetSymbolBoundaries Crossed.png Rarity Rare Ace.png 140/149 Freeze Bolt SetSymbolFreeze Bolt.png Rarity R.png 058/059
Dowsing Machine I Plasma Storm SetSymbolPlasma Storm.png Rarity Rare Ace.png 128/135 Plasma Gale SetSymbolPlasma Gale.png Rarity R.png 069/070
        S-P Promotional cards SetSymbol SMPromo.png   349/S-P
Scramble Switch I Plasma Storm SetSymbolPlasma Storm.png Rarity Rare Ace.png 129/135 Plasma Gale SetSymbolPlasma Gale.png Rarity R.png 068/070
Victory Piece PT Plasma Storm SetSymbolPlasma Storm.png Rarity Rare Ace.png 130/135 Plasma Gale SetSymbolPlasma Gale.png Rarity R.png 070/070
Life Dew PT Plasma Freeze SetSymbolPlasma Freeze.png Rarity Rare Ace.png 107/116 Thunder Knuckle SetSymbolThunder Knuckle.png Rarity R.png 050/051
        Extra Regulation Box None.png   048/048
Rock Guard PT Plasma Freeze SetSymbolPlasma Freeze.png Rarity Rare Ace.png 108/116 Spiral Force SetSymbolSpiral Force.png Rarity R.png 050/051
G Booster PT Plasma Blast SetSymbolPlasma Blast.png Rarity Rare Ace.png 92/101 Megalo Cannon SetSymbolMegalo Cannon.png Rarity R.png 075/076
G Scope PT Plasma Blast SetSymbolPlasma Blast.png Rarity Rare Ace.png 93/101 Megalo Cannon SetSymbolMegalo Cannon.png Rarity R.png 074/076
Master Ball I H Plasma Blast SetSymbolPlasma Blast.png Rarity Rare Ace.png 94/101 Blastoise + Kyurem-EX Combo Deck SetSymbolBlastoise Kyurem-EX Combo Deck.png   017/018
Temporal Forces SetSymbolTemporal Forces.png Rarity ACE SPEC Rare.png 153/162 Ancient Koraidon ex Starter Deck & Build Set SetSymbolAncient Koraidon ex Starter Deck Build Set.png   032/053
        Future Miraidon ex Starter Deck & Build Set SetSymbolFuture Miraidon ex Starter Deck Build Set.png   032/053
Scoop Up Cyclone I H Plasma Blast SetSymbolPlasma Blast.png Rarity Rare Ace.png 95/101 Megalo Cannon SetSymbolMegalo Cannon.png Rarity R.png 073/076
        Extra Regulation Box None.png   047/048
Twilight Masquerade SetSymbolTwilight Masquerade.png Rarity ACE SPEC Rare.png 162/167 Transformation Mask SetSymbolTransformation Mask.png Rarity ACE.png 093/101
Awakening Drum I H Temporal Forces SetSymbolTemporal Forces.png Rarity ACE SPEC Rare.png 141/162 Wild Force SetSymbolWild Force.png Rarity ACE.png 062/071
Hero's Cape PT H Temporal Forces SetSymbolTemporal Forces.png Rarity ACE SPEC Rare.png 152/162 Cyber Judge SetSymbolCyber Judge.png Rarity ACE.png 064/071
Maximum Belt PT H Temporal Forces SetSymbolTemporal Forces.png Rarity ACE SPEC Rare.png 154/162 Wild Force SetSymbolWild Force.png Rarity ACE.png 066/071
Prime Catcher I H Temporal Forces SetSymbolTemporal Forces.png Rarity ACE SPEC Rare.png 157/162 Cyber Judge SetSymbolCyber Judge.png Rarity ACE.png 062/071
Reboot Pod I H Temporal Forces SetSymbolTemporal Forces.png Rarity ACE SPEC Rare.png 158/162 Cyber Judge SetSymbolCyber Judge.png Rarity ACE.png 063/071
Neo Upper Energy Rainbow E H Temporal Forces SetSymbolTemporal Forces.png Rarity ACE SPEC Rare.png 162/162 Wild Force SetSymbolWild Force.png Rarity ACE.png 071/071
Hyper Aroma I H Twilight Masquerade SetSymbolTwilight Masquerade.png Rarity ACE SPEC Rare.png 152/167 Crimson Haze SetSymbolCrimson Haze.png Rarity ACE.png 055/066
Secret Box I H Twilight Masquerade SetSymbolTwilight Masquerade.png Rarity ACE SPEC Rare.png 163/167 Transformation Mask SetSymbolTransformation Mask.png Rarity ACE.png 092/101
Survival Brace PT H Twilight Masquerade SetSymbolTwilight Masquerade.png Rarity ACE SPEC Rare.png 164/167 Crimson Haze SetSymbolCrimson Haze.png Rarity ACE.png 059/066
Unfair Stamp I H Twilight Masquerade SetSymbolTwilight Masquerade.png Rarity ACE SPEC Rare.png 165/167 Crimson Haze SetSymbolCrimson Haze.png Rarity ACE.png 053/066
Legacy Energy Rainbow E H Twilight Masquerade SetSymbolTwilight Masquerade.png Rarity ACE SPEC Rare.png 167/167 Transformation Mask SetSymbolTransformation Mask.png Rarity ACE.png 101/101
Dangerous Laser I H         Night Wanderer SetSymbolNight Wanderer.png Rarity ACE.png 054/064
Poké-Vital A I H         Night Wanderer SetSymbolNight Wanderer.png Rarity ACE.png 055/064
Neutral Center St H         Night Wanderer SetSymbolNight Wanderer.png Rarity ACE.png 063/064
Sparkling Crystal PT H         Stellar Miracle SetSymbolStellar Miracle.png Rarity ACE.png 094/102


Cards that interact with ACE SPEC cards

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese ACE SPEC
Mandarin ACE SPEC
France Flag.png French HIGH-TECH
Germany Flag.png German ASS-KLASSE
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian ACE SPEC
Italy Flag.png Italian ASSO TATTICO
South Korea Flag.png Korean ACE SPEC
Spain Flag.png Spanish AS TÁCTICO
Thailand Flag.png Thai ACE SPEC


References


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